Documentary on life of former American Indian Movement chairman to be screened tonight

PORT ANGELES — A documentary showcasing the life of Native American poet, recording artist, actor and speaker John Trudell will be shown at Peninsula College’s Maier Hall at 7 tonight.

There will be a short discussion led by a friend of Trudell immediately following the free screening at the college’s Port Angeles campus, 1502 E. Lauridesen Blvd.

Trudell, who died in 2015, was the spokesperson for the United Indians of All Tribes’ takeover of Alcatraz beginning in 1969, broadcasting as Radio Free Alcatraz.

During most of the 1970s, he served as the chairman of the American Indian Movement, based in Minneapolis.

After his pregnant wife, three children and mother-in-law were killed in 1979 in a fire at his in-law’s home on the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Nevada, Trudell turned to writing, music and film as a second career.

In the 2005 documentary, “Trudell,” filmmaker Heather Rae tells Trudell’s life story, from his impoverished childhood in Omaha, Neb., to his leadership in the American Indian Movement.

For more information, contact Sean Gomez at [email protected], or 360-417-6464.

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